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Co-Occurring Disorders Conferences, Trainings, and Related Events

CiMH Conferences and Trainings

SAMHSA's Co-Occurring Center for Excellence


  • Social Inclusion and Trauma Informed Care
    Presented by SAMHSA's Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center).
    The majority of COD clients benefits from trauma-informed care. Additionally, many may find themselves socially excluded due to their disorders. This teleconference is one of the series presented by the ADS Center. Each year, the SAMHSA ADS Center conducts approximately six training teleconferences that are free of charge and open to the general public. These educational events are designed to help participants enhance mental health consumer independence and community participation by relating the most up-to-date research and information about programs within the United States and beyond that are working to reduce discrimination and increase social inclusion of persons with mental health problems.
    Thursday, September 10, 2009: training teleconference online http://www.promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/teleconferences/default.aspx or promoteacceptance@samhsa.hhs.gov
  • Online Training: Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care and Cultural Competency
    Presented by Witness Justice
    These e-learning courses are comprised of multi-dimensional presentations which can be accessed and completed at the student’s discretion. Course completion is predicated on passing a series of short quizzes and tests. Certification for completion will be available in the near future. The primary audience is those working with survivors of domestic violence; however these topics also address many COD client concerns. What are the causes, impact, experience, and types of trauma as related to domestic violence survivors, and what is the nature, application and implementation of trauma-informed care? How can culturally appropriate and effective services can be created and provided, and what is the importance of mastering culturally sensitive attitudes, skills, and behaviors? http://www.trainingforums.org/lms/index.php, Toll Free: 800-4WJ-HELP


  • Keeping Our Bearings: Adapting our Change Agenda in Turbulent Times – California Mental Health Policy Forum
    Presented by California Institute of Mental Health
    Those providing COD treatment benefit from the innovative examples of others, especially in response to the current funding challenges. This event focuses on approaches to mental health treatment by both exploring the emerging fiscal and policy realities buffeting the mental health system and sharing case studies of creative short- and long-term responses to these current realities
    Thursday, September 10, with related meetings September 9 and 11, 2009.
    Napa Valley Marriott Hotel
    Napa, California
  • Change Your Brain - Change Your Practice: Practical Applications of Neuroscience for Daily Clinical Practice
    Presented by New Method Wellness, includes lunch. No charge.
    Speaker Dr. Sheri Denham, Ph.D., MFT will be looking at systemic patterns among brain systems that connect mental illnesses and other behavioral issues, such as ADD and addictions. She emphasizes helping clients raise their level of self-awareness.
    Friday, September 11, 2009 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
    The Chase Building
    Lake Forest, California 92630
    RSVP: Shauna Estes at 866/951-1824 or shauna@newmethodwellness.com
  • CalVet Women Veterans Conference 2009
    A substantial proportion of women veterans are addressing the issues of PTSD as a consequence of their service experience, and substance use disorders are widespread among veterans. This conference will bring together a range of providers and other stakeholders concerned with women veterans’ needs and services.
    September 11-12, 2009
    Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel
    Los Angeles, California
  • Increasing Healthy Attachment for Children & Families: New Directions & Interventions in Brain Development & Resiliency
    Presented by Prevention Partnership International.
    Prevention of COD may be enhanced by early intervention to address childhood and family issues. Additionally, we may look to avoiding intergenerational COD by offering COD clients who are parents more options in improving the resiliency of their own children. This conference looks at new understandings of brain development to identify effective intervention strategies, including treatment or repair caregiver-child attachment and ways to assist parents and caregivers both to mediate neural impact and to become more emotionally attuned to their children.
    Monday, September 14, 2009 8:30 - 4:30 – Registration discounted on or before 9/9!
    Los Altos Methodist Church, Los Altos, California
    http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/73988 or http://www.preventionpartnership.us/pdf/GoldsmithRegistrationFinal.pdf
  • Building Clinical Excellence For Mental Health And Drug & Alcohol Professionals
    Presented by Mental Health Systems, Inc.
    Provides a forum for exploring the complex social service issues of integrating treatment for clients with addiction and mental health disorders. Internationally known presenters will explore current trends in treatment, program design, research on human behavior change, evidence based methods to increase client engagement and outcomes, models of leadership, and innovative program models addressing culture and gender.
    September 16th & 17th, 2009
    Westin Hotel
    San Diego, California
  • The 15th Annual Latino Conference, "Advancing Latino Behavioral Health: From Margin to Mainstream"
    Presented by the Latino Behavioral Health Institute 2009 Conference Cultural competency is key for effective COD treatment, with Latina adolescents, who are particularly prone to depression. This conference features 38 workshops and four plenary sessions with nationally known presenters.
    September 23, 24 and 25, 2009
    Universal Hilton Hotel
    Los Angeles, California
    www.lbhi.org or email shiramoto@mhac.org, with any questions
  • CLINICAL SUPERVISION IN PRACTICAL APPLICATION: How to Support Positive Treatment Outcomes
    Presented by Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
    Both cultural competency and trauma-informed care are key considerations for optimal COD treatment. “Clinical Supervision Support for Cultural Competency” and “Trauma-Informed Clinical Supervision” are two of the three topics to be addressed at this day-long event.
    Monday, September 28, 2009
    Note: Currently, registration is limited to webinar and waiting list only.
    The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities
    Los Angeles, CA
  • The Resiliency Training Program™ A Training of Trainers
    Presented by Nan Henderson, M.S.W.
    COD prevention and treatment work, especially with youth, is generally more successful when presented from a strengths-based approach, and a resiliency focus is one important strengths-based approach. This training for trainers seeks to prepare educators, social workers, counselors, and other helping professionals – especially those working with youth – to teach others “How to Move from Risk to Resiliency”.
    Thursday through Fri., October 1-2, 2009
    $100 discount before Sept. 5.

    Los Angeles, CA
  • CCISC Change Agent UnConvention
    CCISC is “Comprehensive Continuous Integrated System of Care”, a particular process for developing welcoming, recovery-oriented and co-occurring capable services throughout an entire system of care. The sponsors of this conference, ZiaPartners (Drs. Chris Cline and Ken Minkoff), explain that: "The UnConvention is a unique 'bottom-up' interactive learning experience for front-line clinicians and managers who are working as change agents in their own systems (county systems in California, and other systems all over the US and Canada) to build welcoming, recovery-oriented integrated systems of care for people with mental health and substance use disorders. Ten county systems in California will be sending teams to this event. Individuals and teams from other county systems are welcome as well to learn more about the process of 'changing the world.'"
    Pre-Conference Leadership Training Institute – October 14, 2009
    Conference - October 15-16, 2009
    Bahia Resort Hotel
    San Diego, California
  • 2009 Rose Jenkins Conference: HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS WORKING IN YOUR COMMUNITIES? Mental Health Services for Children, Youth and their Families
    Presented by the California Institute for Mental Health
    This year this annual youth and mental health conference focuses on evidence based practices, promising practices and community-defined practices for treatment, including Prevention and Early Intervention in schools and co-occurring mental health and substance use problems.
    Thursday through Fri., December 3 – 4, 2009
    Doubletree Hotel
    Sacramento, California
    (Deadline for Submission of papers: September 15)

Suicide Prevention Podcasts

Now available at no cost! Two podcasts and their transcripts from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control on preventing suicide in young people:

Changes in suicide behavior have happened in certain groups, especially females who are 10-19 years old. Dr. Keri Lubell discusses the importance of prevention and the roles interested adults and health authorities can play to help prevent those rates from increasing further.

Preventing Suicide in Young People (one minute version) (five minute version)

Monthly MHSA Regional Housing Coordinator Technical Assistance (TA) Calls

How & why to incorporate clients as staff